National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

21 October 2021

As a former dairy farmer, Gordon Jones is familiar with farmers’ business investment needs. As lead for the new Defra Farming Investment Fund, he was well-placed to share information about the new scheme with three regional groups of young farmers at recent events organised by the National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (NFYFC).

A range of counties were represented at the Defra-supported engagement events where Mr Jones gave an overview of the Future Farming Programme, the Agricultural Transition Plan and the new Agriculture Act. He highlighted work on the roll-out of the Sustainable Farming Incentive, the Farming Resilience Programme and development of the Lump Sum Exit Scheme and the New Entrants Scheme.

The Farming Investment Fund is due to be launched this autumn and the informal discussions gave everyone an opportunity to discuss their business needs, ask questions and make suggestions for future schemes, either for equipment and technology or longer-term infrastructure.  

The expected minimum spend was outlined and YFC members were informed that larger grant funding is unlikely to include a forestry theme, as forestry items are likely to be included within the equipment and technology fund.  

Initial priorities for the transformation fund are expected to include water and robotics to help improve productivity. There is also an emphasis on positive environmental outcomes. The equipment and technology grants are likely to be offered in annual rounds with contractors now also eligible to apply.  As set out in the Agricultural Transition Plan, The Farming Investment Fund is scheduled to run until 2024-25.

YFC AGRI Chair Tom Pope said the events were useful for young farmers. 

“These events provided a great opportunity for those of us who are interested in improving the productivity of our business through optimising future funding opportunities.  We know that we are facing ambitious policy change, but we also want to continue to produce high quality food, diversify where and when needed and add value to our businesses to ensure financial viability.  

“Discussing ideas and future business prospects was both enlightening and encouraging and all future Defra support and interaction is welcomed.”

Following the events, Gordon Jones said he enjoyed the opportunity to engage with a young farmer audience and to hear and discuss their ideas for the future development of the Farming Investment Fund. 

06 October 2021

Join NFYFC during Countryside COP for an international young farmer roundtable to discuss the challenges of climate change and how young farmers are part of the solution to deliver climate-friendly food. 

Jointly arranged by the NFU and the National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (NFYFC), the event will bring together young farmers and people from across the globe to discuss the challenges of climate change to farming businesses, but also how they are implementing solutions to deliver sustainable, climate-friendly farming systems. 

You will also have the opportunity to ask your questions directly to the panel during the discussion.

Event information 

When? 10:00 – 11:15 (BST) on Friday 15 October

Where? Virtual event on Zoom

How do I attend? Register here

Who can attend? Anyone! 

We have a great line up of panellists from across the globe:

Chrispen Mununga 

Chrispen Mununga is an agricultural economist with the Commercial Farmers’ Union (CFU) in Zimbabwe. He has 4 years’ experience in agri business and agriculture economics and is currently the project coordinator for a poultry rapid assessment programme. He has been actively involved with the Women @ Work campaign and is the Secretary General of the Agricultural Youth Apex Council. 




Ruramiso Mashumba

Ruramiso Mashumba is a commercial farmer based in Marondera, Zimbabwe. She is winner of the 40 under 40 award in Zimbabwe for influence as well as the 2020 Kleckner Global Farmer award.





Llyr Jones

Llyr Jones farms in North Wales with his family, where they have dairy heifers, sheep and free-range chickens. Llyr has implemented several environmental measures on his farm, including producing all the energy required for running the farm, using ammonia scrubbers to reduce ammonia emissions and protecting 30 acres of peatland. 





Mateusz Ciasnocha

Mateusz Ciasnocha is a third-generation farmer in northern Poland involved in a 700ha regenerative family farm business. Mateusz is committed to helping sustainable business models scale rapidly and thrive, and is involved in a wide range of projects, including working with 130,000 small-holder Indian farmers as a consultant with Vrutti.




Jessica Langton

Jessica Langton sits on the NFU Dairy Board and is fourth generation on a Derbyshire dairy farm. She is interested in helping shape the Dairy Roadmap to promote a sustainable future, put plans in place to mitigate diseases, and support dairy farmers in the transition from BPS to Environment Land Management schemes.




Tommy Duffy

Tommy is the vice-president of the European Council of Young Farmers (CEJA). Elected in 2021, Tommy represents around 2 million young farmers across Europe and Ireland and is from a family farm in Edenburt.





Peter Moss

Peter is Next Generation Chairman for NFU Scotland, where he brings together a diverse range of young farmers to discuss challenges and opportunities. Peter runs a diversified Angus and Shorthorn beef farm in Orkney with an interest in renewables. 





Oluwatosin Ogunsola

Oluwatosin is a member of the YOUNGO Agriculture working group and Food@COP campaign manager. Originally from Nigeria, Oluwatosin has a keen interest in farming, being an agronomist, entrepreneur and soil scientist. 

01 October 2021

Competitors at this year's national Floral Art competition created displays using the theme of Great British Sport, with one winning entry reflecting NFYFC President Nigel Owens as their sporting hero.

The competition, which was held on the Sunday of the Malvern Autumn Show, involved members creating their sporting displays within one hour. The 17 and under category were tasked with using flowers to showcase their favourite sport, the 22 and under category were required to create a display reflecting their sporting hero and the 27 and under category were asked to create a display showing sporting pursuits.

Harriet Preece from Herefordshire (pictured) won the senior category for her impressive Deer Stalking design that used antlers that had originally been used in a drama production by her club Eardisley YFC.

Harriet said: “My main accessory to set the scene was the antlers. I thought deer stalking would be a different approach to what others may have interpreted it as. I chose purple alliums and eryngiums, which represented the thistles and heather you would find in the Scottish Highlands where deer stalking is a favoured pursuit.”

Harriet chose to keep the foliage as natural as possible, focussing on ferns, bracken and berries, which was picked from her grandmother’s garden, to enhance the wild and natural country theme.

All of the displays were judged using the National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies’ (NAFAS) rules and the winners were chosen by NAFAS judges.

“I am extremely proud to have represented Herefordshire as well as Eardisley YFC, especially being one of the younger competitors in the senior section,” added Harriet.

“I am so lucky to have these opportunities and I cannot thank my trainer and auntie, Liz, enough for all her help and guidance.”

Elena from Herefordshire won the 17 and under category after choosing a cricket theme for her design as she enjoys watching it on television as well as watching her dad play on a Sunday.   

"I talked about the theme and different styles with Jess Hobby, who helped me, and we came up with the design to use the flowers as the stumps. We kept it to a very English country style so that the flowers told the story. I was really thrilled to win as I came second last time and never thought I would do as well again. I was really proud of myself but most of all I wanted to make Jess proud of me."

In the intermediate category, Kate Lawrence won one of the joint first place positions. Kate chose Bradley Wiggins for her Sporting Hero after she was impressed with his Tour de France win in 2012, followed by the Gold at the London 2012 Olympics. 

"I used a bike tyre and yellow flowers to symbolise the ‘yellow jersey’ and arranged my flowers to flow around a hoop at the top," explained Kate. "I also used all wild grasses in the bottom to show the roadside. It felt great to be placed first, and it felt even better that Herefordshire managed to bring home all three first places on the day! To share first place with Fflur was lovely, her arrangement was amazing!"  

The winners:

17 and under 

1st Elena from Herefordshire A

2nd Daisy from Warwickshire

3rd = Henrietta from Dorset and Camilla from Shropshire A

22 and under 

1st = Kate Lawrence from Herefordshire A and Fflur from Pembrokeshire

3rd Katie Hughes from Clwyd

27 and under 

1st Harriet Preece from Herefordshire A

2nd Ellie Davis from Bedfordshire

3rd Stephanie Parry from Gwent 



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